Students from across the country have the chance to study Latin American migration to Australia under a unique new research project involving The Australian National University and the Latin American Embassies, supported by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations.
Run by the University’s Australian National Internships Program (ANIP), the Latin America in Australia: A Collaborative Migration Research Project will involve students undertaking internships, interviewing migrants, producing a series of policy briefings, and contributing to academic publications.
“It’s a great opportunity for students from across Australia to experience policy-making and diplomacy in action through an internship with the Latin American embassies in Canberra,” says ANIP Director, Dr Laurence Brown.
“They’ll be part of a collaborative project with the Australian Centre for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) on the cutting edge of research on migration, and able to see their research published in both public policy and academic forums.
“The study of Latin American migration in Australia is particularly timely given the current transformation of trans-Pacific connections, and the ongoing changes in Latin American society.”
Director of the University’s ANCLAS, Dr Elisabeth Mayer, says the migration project has been received with great enthusiasm by the group of Latin American ambassadors.
“Importantly, the internship program creates a national and international network based at ANU through ANIP and ANCLAS joining forces with the embassies and Australian government departments to learn about, and from, Latin American diasporas in Australia and abroad,” Dr Mayer says.
“Researching migration-related issues such as the dynamics and cross-generational personal experiences related to integration and identity fills an important void specifically in the embassies’ mission.
“It also has the potential to inform governmental policies, trans-Pacific trade and economic relations.”
The $83,000 project includes a $25,000 grant from the Council on Australia Latin American Relations (COALAR).
Applications for internships are open until 31 October and are open to students from universities across Australia and the Americas.
The research internships begin in Canberra in February 2018, with the first policy briefings from the results due in April 2018.